Now that Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is here, pure Google fans’ attention has collectively turned to the Nexus 5 smartphone. We have seen the new Nexus phone leak in photos and on video, and it looks pretty fantastic. Google has retained LG to handle the design of the Nexus 5 just as it did with the Nexus 4, just like vendor partner Asus designed and built the first two generation of the Nexus 7 tablet. According to a new rumor, however, Google may be changing things up next year.

Earlier this week, Digitimes issued a report on a handful of new tablets Asus has launched over the past few months. Why the sudden tablet rush? According to the site, Google is reportedly considering a move away from Asus for its third-generation Nexus 7 tablet, though no reason for the potential shift was supplied. Of note, Digitimes had nailed several details surrounding the second-generation Nexus 7 slate well ahead of its debut earlier this year, though those reports all cited the digital trade paper’s typical anonymous supply chain sources rather than just “rumors.”

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.